Cafe 209

Review by: Michael Stern

In this soul-food, square-meals temple on Augusta’s Broad Street, fried chicken is the main attraction. One can order this chicken by the piece, so it is possible to have just a piece or two along with a whole lot of 209’s excellent side dishes. The list of nearly two dozen includes Thursday-only broccoli casserole and cornbread dressing, pungent turnip greens, supersweet fried corn, piquant rutabagas, and Friday-only cole slaw and potato salad (to accompany catfish or flounder). Broccoli casserole is luxury incarnate — really more a cheese and rice casserole with just enough broccoli mixed in for it to qualify as a vegetable. Cornbread dressing, smothered with gravy and accompanied by cranberry sauce, could almost be a meal unto itself … although I can’t imagine a better companion for pork chops or Wednesday-only meat loaf.

It’s all good, the chicken even better than that; however dessert is a let-down: gummy peach cobbler, banana pudding with synthetic flavor.

What To Eat

Fried Chicken

DISH
Rutabagas

DISH
Broccoli Casserole

DISH
Cornbread Dressing

DISH
Banana Pudding

DISH
Peach Cobbler

DISH
Fried Corn

DISH
Beef Liver

DISH
Okra & Tomatoes

DISH
Lemonade

DISH

Cafe 209 Recipes

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